Graduate Studies Blog



Article contributed by Claudia Hsu Ya-Wen and Vishwajit Tirumurti, Class of 2020.


With the MBA programme nearing completion and the COVID-19 threat looming large, the Food and Wine Appreciation Club took the opportunity to gather our classmates for what could potentially be our last event of the year! After ensuring that we adhered to the COVID-19 guidelines and advisories, we began our preparation for the party.

Our first task was to come up with an enjoyable concept for the party and after some deliberation, we decided to go with a ‘Wine and Cheese’ party with a ‘Cocktail Chic’ dress code. While a tie was mandatory, we permitted our classmates to wear shorts for an informal atmosphere at the event. Furthermore, we felt that the combination of a formal upper half and an informal bottom was apt as it was the attire worn by our classmates for the numerous virtual meetings during this period!

The second task was organising refreshments for our 40 peers. Our aim was to provide a wide array of snacks to the satisfaction of each person’s specific tastes. We began with the essentials – 20 bottles of white and red wine, cheese ranging from gouda and cheddar to feta and brie, as well as a variety of olives, nuts, grapes, crackers, and spreads. 

The event was a huge success, as we achieved our goal of creating a relaxed atmosphere where our classmates could sit back, enjoy the music and let their hair down. We had two self-appointed DJ’s who made sure that there was not a single dull moment all night, while the rest of our classmates were thrilled to partake in their first experience of pairing various types of snacks with alcohol. Our self-appointed photographers also made sure that we had captured enough fun moments for our yearbook through the night! We over-stayed and even brought in the after-party by ordering pizza, bringing the perfect end to an already perfect night!

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the NBS MBA faculty for providing us with the venue and funding to host these events, and our classmates for providing us with assistance, fun and unparalleled company. It is our sincere hope that this event was an unforgettable page in our classmates’ MBA chapters before we move on to the next phase of our lives.

Note: The said event took place before the circuit breaker measures took effect from 7 April 2020.

“Cocktail Chic” / Event organiser and Co-chair of Food and Wine Appreciation Club Claudia Hsu Ya-Wen (right) with Ziqi Chen

“formal upper half and an informal bottom”/ Event organiser and Co-chair of Food and Wine Appreciation Club Vishwajit Tirumurti (second from left) with fellow classmates, Kartik Jain, Shashank Jha, Vedant Mour and Phoung Nguyen

Group Picture in MBA lounge